GCSI at Swinburne University

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (GCSI) focuses on building the professional capacity of managers and entrepreneurs of the future, across the corporate, government and third (not-for-profit) sectors.




Corporate Responsibility and Accountability

Students will first review the historical evolution and development of the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship and why it is now a key part of managing a business enterprise.

Then the course examines what acting responsibly means for corporations in terms of the market, community, environment, workplace and government. Issues covered include business and human rights, business-community partnerships, corporate philanthropy, the human resource management implications of CSR, business and the environment and business relationships with government.

Social Investment and Philanthropy

The course identifies the major changes reshaping the role of philanthropy and social finance both internationally and in the Australian context, including:

  • Global economic realignments
  • The privatisation of community services
  • New patterns of wealth distribution and of inter-generational wealth transfer
  • Greater expectations of the role of corporate citizenship and of corporate philanthropy

Leadership for Social Impact

The course examine the following areas:

  • Leadership in the social economy and diagnosis models for leadership challenges
  • The challenges in achieving social benefit
  • Challenges and opportunities of leadership during a time of inflexion
  • Systems thinking for leaders, exploring models centred on identifying adaptive challenges for leaders
  • Intervention of leaders and practices for more effective and positive social outcomes
  • New forms of organising designed to address breakdowns in the social economy
  • Governance systems and demands

Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation

The course first examines the social economy through the emerging spectrum of organisational forms that generate both social and economic value. This includes: traditional charities, social enterprises, socially responsible business and traditional corporations. It looks at why the traditional boundaries between government, business and the third sector have blurred and what that means for the capacity to deliver new forms of social impact.

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